Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
We live in the age of the individual.
We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture’s image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We’re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source o...more
In this engaging study, Will Storr inves ...more
We’re lumps of biology, mashed and pounded into shape by mostly chance events. Our ‘human potential’ is limited. But this isn’t the model of self that our culture keeps showing us. Instead, we’re presented with an individual who has total free ...more
I am abandoning this at 65% or so. Thus far, the author has spoken to several psychologists; visited a monastery and debated the impact of his own Catholic upbringing on his emotional development; and stayed at the cult-like Esalen Institute in California t ...more
Will Storr interviews a young woman who has hundreds of thousands of selfies stored on memory cards, a hard drive and a sagging, overburdened iCloud. She frequently works through the night to edit and filter her daily quota of new images in readiness for disseminating them on social media. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but do all lives deserve to be examined in such redundant detail? Storr’s informant goes on to confess that she feels most alive when slashing her flesh with a razo ...more
This honestly has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. I find it hard to believe some of the newspapers reviews that this is 'seriously eye opening' or 'electrifying'. Probably no surprise that these reviews were written from places where he worked.
The book starts off with a really crude defense of a man who enjoys violently attacking people, and then finds God. Apparently this is Storr's attempt to show us our tribal selve ...more
I liked that Storr openly discussed the topic of suicide; he didn't shy away from it like a lot of people would. Suicide is one of those subjects that is difficult to talk about but needs to be talked about.
Storr definitely had a lot of interesting points within the book but there were moments where I fou ...more
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First few chapter more like a psychology book, it helps you understand about self which carve for perfection in order to compete with this world. Some commit suicide coz of not matching it. And interesting chapter like Tribal Self and Perfectible Self
Introduction of Ayn Rand and her team about Self Esteem and Neoliberalism occupy the most of the pages and more like economics and business book
finally Digital Self and ...more
However, i find it hard to follow the story and connect one string with another. Often it feels so jumpy, maybe because my lack of presence. I was reading and reading and reading and finally i realize don't understand the point he's trying to tell. But the last chapter saved it all.
This topic could have been way more interesting if Storr took a more scientific approach instead of a sociological/anthropological approach. And I say that as a person with an anthropology degree.
Or maybe I expected something different based on the title....
I heavily skimmed the book after Book One, and I don’t think I missed much.
The contemporary self-centred culture we live in is sardonically introduced with a chapter about suicide. Turns out, one of the motivations for suicide can be perfectionism turned sour.
People who believe in the - false - mantra “You can be anything you wanna be” and fail along the way (pretty much the vast majority of us) have a greater chance ...more
The chronicling of the western self, all the way from ancient greece through to Silicon Valley was cool, but I was surprised it covered two thirds of the book. Personally I felt the balance is a bit of ...more